Faded Photo Restored and Re-coloured

Faded Photo Restored and Re-coloured

The Restoration & Colourization

Karen brought me this wonderful old faded family photo to be restored and re-coloured. Unfortunately it was very faded and all of the colour had been bleached from it. It had as happens quite often been framed and exposed to too much sunlight. UV light from the sun stripes the colour from most most things, including photographs. This is a prime example why UV protective glass is advisable for those cherished family photos.

Fortunately we were able to restore this wonderful photo. Using Photoshop to create many layers of different colours. I was able to paint in each of the separate areas with the relevant colour. I used a graduated colour map for the skin tones. Adding shadow and highlight details to make extra definition to the facial features.

Colourising photos is perhaps one of the most satisfying type of photo restorations that I get to do.  Each photo is always unique. So the challenge is always different. Karen was very happy with the results and we were able to get the colours spot on, first time. Thanks to her precise description of the different colours for each of the clothing, hair and skin tones. The photo restoration is now framed and now display, to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Before & After

Faded Photo Restored and re-coloured by Pixelfix Photo Restoration Services
Faded Photo Restored and Re-Coloured

YouTube Time-lapse Video

You can see the full process of how I restored and re-coloured this old photo. The video is available on my YouTube channel and has been sped up to 2200% speed! So you can see 4hrs of restoration work in an incredible 5 minutes. Please Subscribe and like and share with others.

 

Time-Lapse Friday!

It Friday again and another Time-Lapse video for you. I am really enjoying this way of showing off my work. The time-lapse format really does show just how much work goes into restoring a photo. This one is an old damaged photo that was hand painted originally.

 

The Restoration & Colourizing

The restoration was quite straightforward. There was lots of surface damage that was cleaned up and lots of spotting to be removed. The quality of the photo wasn't the greatest so I had the smooth out the really small spots and add some noise to hide the rest. Colourizing this particular photo was a challenge because of the high detail levels in the background and the patterns on the clothing. So I decided to use some selections to accurately target highlights and shadows in these areas. This made filling in these areas much easier.

The Time-Lapse Video

Please don't forget to like and subscribe to my channel on YouTube There are lots more time-lapse videos there to see. I will be uploaded lots more as I complete them. Also please share with others as it really does help to spread the word.

 

Before & After

Before and after of Photo restoration featured in a time-lapse video restored and colourized by www.Pixelfix.co.nz
Photo restoration restored and colourized by www.pixelfix.co.nz

Colourizing an Old Photo

Re-Colourizing an Old Photo

Hand painting colour back into an old restored photo is a very rewarding job. You can see the results appear before your eyes. The image comes alive again when new colour is added.

How to Colourize a Photo

Colourizing old black and white photos is not a new idea. The practice has been around for many years. In the old days, the colour was painted directly onto the printed photograph. Special dyes were used that penetrated the surface of the print and embedded themselves into the image. The colours usually quite bright and obvious. But I have seen some quite amazing examples that looked very realistic.

New Digital methods make the whole process much more accessible. There is also the 'undo' button, which means mistakes are much easier to correct. The painting is still done by hand. But this time using a digital pen to paint on the colours and make the image look alive.

Before & After

Photo restored and colourised
Before and After Photo Restoration and Colourisation

This is the before and after image from this restoration and colourization. Whilst this particular photo did not have much colour to it. It does now have much more facial colour and interest. The full video of the restoration and

is available to watch on YouTube. Also please subscribe, like and share the video with your friends and family.

Christmas Time Again.

It's Christmas Again!

Christmas is a time for giving. Why not give something a little bit special. Give someone a memory of time gone by. Or turn a memory into something new and fantastic. Such as colourizing an old black and white photo of a loved one for Christmas. Like the example below.

Frame it and wrap it, put it under the tree and wait for the smiles! These gifts are special for everyone. We can offer the full package from restoration to colourizing, printing  and framing. Now is the time to get your orders in because time is limited and Christmas is coming!!

 

Colour Restoration

Alan dropped off this faded photo that had lost its colour and needed restoring. Using Photoshop I was able to recover the colour and restore the vibrancy that had been lost due to sun damage.

Feedback

The PDF looks excellent and better than I had hoped.

Alan - Auckland

Before and After

 

Colour Photo Restored by Pixelfix Photo Restoration
Medium Restoration $140 plus prints

More Colour Please

Ken sent me this old and tired portrait that had lost its colour and needed restoration. I was able to restore the colour using Photoshop and many layers of colour hand painted in to make this wonderful portrait come to life again. The colourization and restoration was very successful and Ken was very happy with the result.

Hi Richard
 
This is really looking good. So much better than before. We are really pleased

Ken – Auckland

Christmas is coming!!!

Christmas is a time for giving. Why not give something a little bit special. Give someone a memory of time gone by. Or turn a memory into something new and fantastic. Such as colourizing an old black and white photo of a loved one for Christmas. Like the example below. 

Frame it and wrap it, put it under the tree and wait for the smiles! These gifts are special for everyone. We can offer the full package from restoration to colourizing, printing  and framing. Now is the time to get your orders in because time is limited and Christmas is coming!!

Before and After

colourized black and white photo
Restored and Colourized black and white photo. $120

Royal Colour Restoration

This wonderful old photo of the Japanese royals was brought in by Her Majesty Nanasipauu Tukuaho Queen of Tonga. Unfortunately the original photo had been in a frame near the window and was exposed to the sun for many years before it came to me. So now it was sun bleached and almost completed faded away. Any colour that may have been present was lost due to the bleaching. Restoring the colour was not an option. This require a complete re-colouring to bring this back to life.

I had to research the correct colours for the sashes and the orders. But the background and the carpet I were to improvise. But I think you can see that this process of colourization really does bring this photo back to life.

Before and After

Heavy Restoration $240 plus prints 

Customer Feedback

Hi Richard,The photos are amazing and I am so pleased.

Many thanks,
Nanasipauu Tukuaho

Scanning For Restoration

Mike had borrowed this large aerial photo of his old property and wanted to get this duplicated and restored for various members of his family. The photo is a large 20" x 30" print. Very typical of this type of photography. The age and sun had done their work and rendered the image with a strong red colour cast. The colour required restoration and a wide disbursement of small blemishes that always come with photos of this size needed to be removed.

One of the main difficulties with photo this size is digitising the image so it can be worked on the computer in Photoshop. Scanning such a large image requires either a VERY large flat bed scanner. They don't exist. Not that can be afforded. Or a series of smaller scans that are then stitched together in Photoshop to complete the whole picture. A third option is to photograph the entire image using a high resolution camera. This time we used lots of smaller scans to make up the whole photo. eight scans in total were used.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

Hi Richard,

Thanks for that, it looks great.

Mike - Auckland

BEFORE AND AFTER

Click to enlarge and see if you can spot the joints.

Colour Photo Restoration
Medium level restoration $130 plus prints

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